Eyman responds to AG Bob Ferguson’s newest press release

AG Bob Ferguson’s newest press release (as transcribed by his stenographer, er, I mean a reporter for the Seattle Times):

Here’s my statement in response:

“From a public records request, the AG’s office documents and confirms that Ferguson’s multi-year political assault on me, my family, and my friends cost the taxpayers $1.5 million:

Today Ferguson claims his political assault cost the taxpayers $2.8 million.

Just another Ferguson lie.

Either amount is more than all reporting cases in the last 8 years combined!

The government’s 8-year investigation / litigation / persecution has cost me everything I’ve ever had – the process was the punishment even before the court ruled.

The AG wanted $7.8 million and the judge decided, due to the US Constitution’s prohibition on excessive fines (the 8th Amendment), to set it at $2.6 million, rebuffing the AG’s request to go higher.

Now the AG is trying to get the court to double it.

Ferguson knows I don’t have $2.6 million or $2.8 million or $5.4 million — he just wants splashy headlines and doesn’t care how much it costs the taxpayers.

Ferguson knows I have less than $29,000 in my own bank account (from my most recent filing with the court).

The only reason I was able to survive the government’s brutal 8-year legal assault is because thousands of people recognized this obvious injustice and the AG’s abuse of power and helped me defend myself.

Now I’m asking everyone to help me appeal these ridiculously unconstitutional restrictions on the First Amendment and this grossly excessive fine.

The government’s 8-year investigation / litigation / persecution has cost me everything I ever had. All the financial assistance I received from friends over the past 8 years and all the money I’ve ever earned in my entire life is now gone.

I’m very thankful to attorney Richard Sanders for expertly highlighting the fatal flaws in the AG’s case (I never took anyone’s money, everyone’s assistance was voluntarily, none of them were campaign contributions and so treasurer Stan Long made the correct decision not to include them on the campaign reports). And I’m especially grateful to Richard for his willingness to handle the appeal all the way to the US Supreme Court if necessary. In the meantime, despite the risks and despite losing everything I’ve ever had, I will continue fighting for the taxpayers as I have for the past 22 years. I will do so because our efforts are needed now more than ever and for the same reason I told the Seattle Times (7/7/2018): “What I know is that State Attorney General Bob Ferguson is trying to drive me out of politics, permanently,” Eyman said. “So you know what my reaction to that is? It’s to become as politically active as I have ever been in my life.”

Activist Glen Morgan’s article highlights an important point: 

“The weirdest part about the AG’s litigation against Eyman was their novel theories invented exclusively for him … Eyman was raising funds for himself around 2013 or so when he realized the AG would be coming after him. 

Since Eyman and I were often at the same events, I remember Eyman making these appeals to people and very clearly raising money for himself. I didn’t realize back then why he was raising those funds, and how important those monies would be for him in the future. This was prudent planning on his part because these funds built up over the years and totaled over $700,000. Yet this was still not enough to cover all his legal costs once the AG started the full court persecution process. 

The State was angry that Eyman did not report the money he raised for himself and they claimed that THOSE funds should also be reported to the PDC. This was a bizarre direction to go because no treasurer would have counted those as campaign contributions. It would have been illegal to report them as such since they clearly were not intended to be spent on any political campaign.

The State has never interpreted the law this way in the past, and only a corrupted Thurston County judge would accept that legal theory.

The State pretended that Eyman was a walking talking PAC, and therefore all the money he raised and sent to his attorneys was not reported and was late.

Since these reports are now years late, Eyman gets a massive fine for not reporting funds that no honest, literate, or sane person would have reported in the first place.

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I’m very grateful to the thousands of people who helped us over the past 8 years. We never would’ve made it this far without everyone’s help.

So it’s especially gratifying that there’s such overwhelming support for appealing this:

“You MUST appeal. Can’t let ’em get away w/ it.” — Jeff P. ($100)

“Best wishes and good luck” — Robert E. ($200)

“Sorry it cannot be more … we’re unemployed!! Prayers” — Constance C. ($15)

“Keep up the GREAT work!” — Derry F. ($50)

“You are in our prayers. We have a mighty God!” — Kerry T. ($100)

“Thanks for what you do, I heard you on 770 KTTH Todd Herman this morning.” — Taurean C. ($500)

“God bless you and your family, Tim” — Doris C. ($25)

This is a very good start but we have a long way to go.

I’m 100% committed to appealing because if they get away with it with me, you could be next!

But we need your help to do it.

Please donate to my legal defense fund here:

By Paypal
By Debit Card or Credit Card
Or mail a check: Tim Eyman Legal Defense Fund, 500 106th Ave NE #709, Bellevue, WA, 98004

In addition, we worked really hard on our $30 Tabs Initiative:

Karen and I sacrificed a lot — we sold off our retirement fund to kickstart its signature drive:

And now, a message from Sid Maietto and Larry Jensen: 

We’re asking folks to donate to our PAC so Tim can get paid back. And your donations will also help stop Inslee’s Income Tax and Carbon Tax Schemes with the initiatives we’re co-sponsoring with Tim.

The taxpayers of Washington need our help now more than ever. Donate to our political committee so we can keep fighting for you:

By Paypal
By Debit Card or Credit Card

Or mail a check — made payable to “Permanent Offense” — to: Permanent Offense, PO Box 6151, Olympia, WA, 98507.

Kindest Regards,

Sid Maietto & Larry Jensen

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Thanks everyone.

I love you all.